American families are losing strength

March 26, 2014 at 4:05 p.m.
Updated March 25, 2014 at 10:26 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

The liberals and liberal media who work to change our social order understand the power of words. Diane Setterfield, from her book, "The Thirteenth Tale," states, "There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner." The gay advocates use such power words as these to gain their goal: fairness, rights, freedom and equality. They try to convince us that gays are being treated unfairly. In fact, they have every right that we all have. What they want is the special "right" of gay marriage. Mary Ann Wenske, writing on the subject, recently spoke of the natural law. The Rev. Dimitri Cozby spoke on God's law and the decline of culture. Both are correct. We dare not ignore the natural law of history. Even unbelievers can understand the wisdom of God's law in a real world and how untold centuries have authenticated this natural law.

Isn't it interesting that today, men and women want to live together outside of marriage while gays want to get married?

We have nothing against the homosexuals themselves; many of us have friendships with them, and some are even in our families. Gay people have lived together for millennia, but now it appears they want to overcome the gay stigma and gain legitimacy by marrying so as to appear more normal.

Today's family is in serious trouble - the highest divorce rate in the world, teenage pregnancies out of control, reluctance to discipline children, single-parent families, drugs, couples living together outside of marriage, and kids are being raised on television and cellphones. Gay marriage will only add to this problem, as some will want to adopt children. It takes a father and a mother to successfully raise children.

We Americans have taken the idea of freedom to unreasonable heights. The fact is that our society may not last forever; there will be a time of reckoning. It is unthinkable that traditional marriage should give way to homosexual marriage. Our Founding Fathers would be horrified.

Raymond F. Smith, former president of Strong Families of Victoria, Victoria



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